Yes, you can request an accounting from the executor/administrator to see what funds have been put into the account. You can also request an inventory of personal property. If you believe the executor/administrator is mishandling estate funds or property, you can ask the court to remove them and...View More
If your mother is on title individually and has the mental capacity to make decisions on her own, there is no way for your sister to contest the sale. If your sister is on title or your mother lacks mental capacity, things get much more difficult. Either way, schedule a free consultation to make...View More
The Judge states that the codicil is not self-proven. Interrogatories to Witness to Will are being asked for. If said witnesses cannot be notified, what would be my next course of action? I have the original Will, but the original Codicil is with a copy of the Will records in another county. I did... View More
In order to be self-proven, a will or a codicil has to have a self-proving affidavit attached to it pursuant to OCGA 53-4-24. Since the codicil in question does not have a self-proving affidavit, interrogatories to the witness must be produced to confirm to the court that the will was signed as...View More
It depends on the wording in the will, but generally, yes, it can change and often does - children, siblings, nieces, and nephews get disinherited when a parent remarries and leaves everything to the new spouse. Schedule a free consultation so that your aunt's will can get reviewed to see what...View More
Unfortunately, if you cannot qualify for a bond high enough to meet the court's minimum requirements, you may not be able to administer the estate. If no beneficiaries or interested parties qualify, the court would likely appoint an administrator to handle it. Schedule a free consultation to...View More
You can ask the Probate Judge to set a lower fiduciary bond. But usually someone else that can qualify for that bond requests to become administrator, sometimes an attorney. You may be including items which are not part of the Estate. Consult with a GA attorney that knows Probate, and you can...View More
I lost my grandparents around 3 years ago. My mother, also the executor of both estates (and bear in mind we have an extremely strained relationship), inherited almost everything while I ended up with the house. I have received a deed with clear title and it has been filed with the local superior... View More
If the estates are still open, your best bet would be to petition the probate court to have the items removed or have the estate pay you a storage fee. You could make a claim as a creditor. Since you are the legal owner, you technically have the right to have the remaining personal property removed...View More
Can someone us a specific power of attorney to convince notary person they have power of attorney over their parents when the specific power of attorney was already voided after 60 days. Would the notarized quite claim deed be valid?
If the POA was revoked at the time of Deed execution then there was no valid conveyance. However if no interested party ever files suit to have the Deed declared void, then the purported conveyance remains of record. After many years the voidable Deed is cured. Contact a GA attorney now...View More
This is far more complicated than it seems. If the spouse has a wrongful death claim, and elects not to pursue it, the claim goes away. No one else can pursue it. If she wants to pursue the claim, but does not want the money, she has to first get it, and then give it away, which comes with gift tax...View More
If there is a surviving spouse and children, all of them would be entitled to compensation from the wrongful death claim. The children would need to file renunciations in order for the spouse to receive full compensation from the wrongful death claim. You are likely dealing with very complicated...View More
If the trust is unfunded, then all of the decedent’s assets that do not have beneficiary designations become part of the decedent’s probate estate and, having no will, the decedent’s estate will be governed by the laws of intestate succession.
No, your sister cannot put it in her name solely. In order to transfer the property from your mother, a probate administration will have to be opened for your mother's estate. From the probate case, the property will either transfer to all of the children equally, or it will need to be sold to...View More
If you are going to challenge the legitimacy of a will, you should consider hiring an attorney as many of the arguments involve technical legal issues. Below is a non-exhaustive list of possible challenges to the will.
1) The will was not signed, witnessed, or notarized properly;
I have been granted expanded powers by the probate court in Cobb County, Ga. I have made the legal postings for creditors, the time has expired and there have been no claims against the estate. I have the funds in an estate account. after tax returns are filed, can I just distribute the funds and... View More
It depends on the language contained in the order appointing you as administrator or executor. If the order relieves you of the duty of providing inventories and accounting for the funds, you can distribute the funds and request that the court close the case. If you have not been relieved of the...View More
When my grandmother died, one of her children was awarded some of her furniture by the probate court. The home was then purchased by her fiancé, but her child never picked it up. Now, almost 10 yrs later, her fiancé passes away and the child says the furniture still belongs to them. I was told... View More
You will need to look specifically in the probate records which may only be viewable in person at the Probate Court Clerk's office to determine if there was language in the order that required the furniture to be picked up within a certain amount of time. Generally, the inheritance is...View More
A life insurance policy with no beneficiary becomes an asset of the estate. The estate passes according to the terms of the will unless someone successfully challenges the validity of the will. The larger the life insurance policy, the larger the incentive to challenge the will by disinherited...View More
The insurance company contract dictates who receives the proceeds of a life insurance policy. Some company contracts state the estate receives the proceeds when no beneficiary is listed. Other company contracts say the heirs or next of kin receive the proceeds. You first need to get a copy of the...View More
If the decedent left a surviving spouse or minor children, they may have claims for a year's support, meaning they may be entitled to assets even if they are not specifically named as beneficiaries in the will. If there is no surviving spouse or minor children, then the designated...View More
Usually, a surviving spouse and any surviving minor children have certain rights whether they are named in the will as an heir or beneficiary or not. The public policy behind this is that they should not become dependent upon the State because the decedent hasn't provided adequately for their...View More
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